Organizations complete background checks on employees for a variety of reasons, including regulatory compliance and basic security. At the end of the day, though, nearly all background check services are implemented to answer one, fundamental question: Is this job candidate being truthful?
While the majority of job seekers tell the truth in their applications, resumes, and interviews, the few who do not represent a major liability. Some will go to great lengths to misrepresent their qualifications—even by falsifying their identity or stealing someone else’s. For many of these candidates, the reason for such a lie is simple: They are not legally authorized to work in the U.S. Some of these job-seekers believe that the prospects of landing a job and pursuing a life in the United States is worth the risk of lying to get that job.
Of course, a job candidate you can’t even trust to tell you who they really are is a person who belongs nowhere near your organization, and it is illegal for employers to hire unauthorized workers. For this reason, quality pre-employment screening and background checking providers offer sophisticated tools to ensure untrustworthy people are eliminated from consideration before your time and resources are wasted on them.
The identity check services KRESS offers include two primary components: Legal residence verification through E-verify and Social Security Number trace. The legal residence verification is a necessity for employers, because The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) mandates that employers authenticate the employment eligibility status of newly hired employees and makes it illegal for employers to knowingly hire or continue to employ unauthorized workers—a class of job-seekers with a clear incentive to falsify their identities. KRESS is a designated agent authorized by the DHS to perform I-9 employment authorization searches on behalf of clients. Employers must complete E-verify within three days of hiring, and KRESS makes this process quick and easy.
The Social Security Number trace acts as an identifier and reveals any alias names as well as past and present addresses associated with the social security number. It’s a critical component of criminal history research as it is used as a roadmap to select court jurisdictions that should be researched for criminal records. Occasionally, a Social Security Number trace will come back with no results. This doesn’t automatically indicate that your applicant is in the country illegally, however. For young candidates, this simply means they have not applied for credit in the past, which is the information SSN traces are conducted with. To solve this issue, KRESS offers address history searches and other verification services to help confirm your candidates’ identity.
The reason why so many organizations—including international corporations such as ExxonMobil—trust KRESS with their identity services is because all of our clients receive professional, discreet service every time. We combine cutting-edge technology with committed customer service, returning reliable, legally compliant reports on every job candidate considered for businesses both large and small quickly and efficiently.
Are you ready to confirm that your preferred job candidate is who he says he is? Contact KRESS today to get started. You can request a FREE sample report to ensure that all your questions will be answered by our background checking identity services.